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The magic of Saintly Association

The magic of Saintly Association »

One of the greatest challenges for the Hare Krishna chanters is the uncontrolled mind. Practitioners struggle with the myriad desires of the

Removing the poison of Envy

Removing the poison of Envy »

The greatest obstacles on the path of spirituality are caused not by the external challenges posed by the world, but by our

Love- the highest form of fearlessness

Love- the highest form of fearlessness »

A significant, perceivable benefit of chanting Hare Krishna is that the process fills our heart with the quality of fearlessness. The Vedic

Human Being- Rational or Animal?

Human Being- Rational or Animal? »

We often say that human being is a ‘rational animal’.  If you take away the ‘rational’ part, the human is simply an

God- great or sweet?

God- great or sweet? »

The Hare Krishna yogi initially focusses on God’s greatness; however to sustain a life of chanting, he/she also explores the irresistible sweetness

Chasing the illusion; losing the precious

Chasing the illusion; losing the precious »

While chanting Hare Krishna, a spiritualist also examines his own heart; is his or her lifestyle healthy for spiritual practises or are

The safe anchor

The safe anchor »

If you enjoy swimming in an ocean, you would sometimes face huge waves, and as you swim high on them, you enjoy

The Essence of Devotional Service

The Essence of Devotional Service »

Service means to ask- how can I serve you. This is the essence of spiritual life. The ancient scripture Srimad Bhagavatam, assures

The cardinal virtue- Disciple and discipline

The cardinal virtue- Disciple and discipline »

The Holy Names of Krishna are revealed to one who practises spiritual life seriously. And serious Spiritual life begins with the shelter

Happiness- mental or spiritual?

Happiness- mental or spiritual? »

Men struggle to earn millions or work hard at their jobs, yet the elixir of happiness eludes them. And there are others

Does God give us what we ask?

Does God give us what we ask? »

Sometimes Hare Krishna chanters wonder if God, Krishna, really takes care of us; will He give us what we ask from Him?

Just

Changing Vision- eyes v/s heart?

Changing Vision- eyes v/s heart? »

We cannot recognize God simply by seeing from our eyes. We’ve to also see from the heart. The Brahma Samhita (5.38) describes, “I

Can the limited know the unlimited? »

The Hare Krishna chanter cultivates humility while practising Bhakti Yoga. Only when our chanting is accompanied by humble petitions to the Lord, do

A refreshing experience »

Imagine diving into a cool pond on a scorching day; a one word description for this experience would be ‘refreshing’. That’s attentive chanting;

Removing loneliness from the heart »

The attentive chanting of Hare Krishna fills the heart with deep inner contentment and happiness. The scriptures reveal that the sound vibration of

Following rules to develop love »

Chanting Hare Krishna is a petition to the Lord.  ‘Petition’ refers to a formal request made to some authority. While chanting Hare Krishna,

The Supreme sweetness of Holy Names »

The scriptures reveal that Holy Names are the sweetest sound vibrations, and if we chant with faith, we can experience unlimited taste and

Cultivating the mood of ‘helplessness’

Cultivating the mood of ‘helplessness’ »

Chanting is most effective when performed in the mood of ‘helplessness’.  Usually when we perform any activity in life, we are deeply

Tolerate the cleansing process – part two »

I remember some years ago misjudging another devotee and taking a managerial decision that wasn’t in his favour; I had also reprimanded him

Tolerate the cleansing process – part one »

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has shared four golden rules that can take our chanting to a superlative level; humility, tolerance, not desiring any personal

Watch out for the watch »

Recently while chanting japa I got a nice realization that looking at the watch, while chanting japa is one of the greatest attacks

Taking shelter or trying to control? – Part two »

I had a direct experience of how trying to control is deep rooted in my heart.

We were travelling by car to Jagganath

Taking shelter or trying to control? »

One reason why our japa goes through a ritualistic phase is the deep rooted tendency in our hearts of wanting to be in

Attracting the Lord by Compassion »

The result of chanting enthusiastically and prayerfully is the development of genuine compassion in the heart; you develop an eagerness to serve and

Food habits influence our consciousness »

A lifestyle centred on a vegetarian diet, preferably food that is offered to God first and then accepted as His mercy, facilitates good